Articles tagged Bruce McLaren

Page 39 of December 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, December 2011

A test with Tyrrell

The first call was made to my brother Jim, He was asked if I might be interested in driving or racing a single seater. I'd driven a good race in an Ecurie Ecosse Cooper Monaco at Goodwood and the track manager Robin Mackay had called Ken Tyrrell to suggest he have a look at this guy. Anyway, my brother told Ken that yes, I might be interested, though at that time I was more focused on my shooting...

Page 20 of September 1964 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, September 1964

Guards International Trophy

For the last few years the big B.R.S.C.C. sports-car meeting on the Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend has provided the best racing in the country at the time. This season's event was well up to standard, fine weather and an excellent entry for all five races on the programme resulting in an even larger turnout of spectators than usual—over 30,000 being estimated by some people. The main...

Page 98 of April 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, April 2009

Three blokes and one chap

A small team but a lot of manpower went into creating Peter Bryant’s unique titanium Can-Am car. If only the rewards had been more forthcoming… In racing, new ideas are high-risk. Get it right and you’re a visionary. Get it wrong and you lose, publicly. McLaren MP4/1 – first carbon-fibre chassis, changed the world. Ti22 – first titanium chassis, evaporated without trace. But it so nearly...

Page 64 of July 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, July 2009

Traction replay

In 1969 four-wheel drive was supposed to be the next big thing in F1. But the theory proved hard to put into practice By Paul Fearnley Silverstone shimmered under a mid-July sun, yet Formula 1’s new era had not dawned brightly: Gold Leaf Lotus – we can leave out the Team bit for now – arrived late, after Thursday’s first practice; the Cosworth, purest/purist 4WD of them all, was absent too (...

Page 68 of October 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, October 2007

The enmity within

It’s war between Ferrari and McLaren in 2007, but this rivalry goes back over three decades By Adam Cooper The ongoing spy scandal involving Nigel Stepney and Mike Coughlan provides a distracting background to yet another World Championship battle involving McLaren and Ferrari. The two teams share an interwoven history, and have been locked in battle since the 1970s. Bruce McLaren entered his own...

Page 68 of March 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, March 2007

The Eagle was grounded

Dan Gurney intended to follow up his F1 Eagle success, but the 1969 car was stillborn. It's never been seen, until now Words and photography: John Zimmermann Gurney's 1967 Belgian Grand Prix-winning Eagle-Weslake is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful grand prix cars ever constructed. From the tip of its shapely Eagle beak, through its compact Gurney-Weslake V12 heart, to its exquisite...

Page 15 of November 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, November 1968

American Comment

The challenge has been put back into the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series. Although the works McLaren team of Bruce McLaren and Denis Hulme remains the strongest, its stranglehold has been broken and the series has become far more competitive and interesting. In the three Can-Am races following the opener at Road America, the McLaren team finished first and second in one, was eliminated...

Page 64 of July 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, July 2000

Aston's Hot Wyer Projects

John Wyer's final fling with Aston Martin created the beautiful, fast but frail project cars. Chris Nixon's recounts a tale of high hopes and dashed chances "In the first week of February 1962, John Wyer called me into his office on the Monday and said, 'I want to go to Le Mans with a new car.' You're joking!', I said. 'No, I'm serious. What can you do? And I don't want just a DB4 tarted up. I...

Page 100 of July 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, July 2005

Data logger -- keep track of all the action...

Centenary meet collects runners from a century of hillclimb history -- Auto Union for Shelsley 100 A 1939 Auto Union D-type will be the star attraction at the Shelsley Walsh Centenary on August 21 as the Worcestershire hillclimb venue marks 100 years of motorsport over the same 1000-yard course. The presence of the Auto Union, owned by Abba Kogan, celebrates one of the landmark events in the...

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Doug Nye

Farewell to a good guy With the death of Peter Gethin, racing has lost a popular character. But while he’s remembered for a famous victory, that may not be his greatest race Two young garage hands – well, one mechanic and one younger ‘trainee salesman’, a.k.a ‘floor sweeper’ – could hardly contain their enthusiasm. They were sitting in one of Silverstone’s Woodcote grandstands, spellbound by the...

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